High-temperature thermoelectric properties of (Zn1-xAlx)O

Michitaka Ohtaki, Toshiki Tsubota, Koichi Eguchi, Hiromichi Arai

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    A mixed oxide (Zn1-xAlx)O exhibits promising thermoelectric properties attaining a dimensionless figure of merit ZT of 0.30 at 1000 °C, which value is much superior to other oxides and quite comparable to conventional state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials. The addition of a small amount of Al2O3 to ZnO results in a large power factor of 10-15×10-4 W/mK2, showing a marked increase in the electrical conductivity while retaining moderate thermoelectric power. A large product of the carrier mobility and density of states would be responsible for the favorable electrical properties of the present oxide. A figure of merit Z=0.24×10-3 K-1 is attained by (Zn0.98Al0.02)O at 1000 °C, even with a high thermal conductivity. A predominant proportion of the phonon thermal conductivity promises a further improvement in the thermoelectric performance by selective enhancement of phonon scattering.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1816-1818
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Volume79
    Issue number3
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    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1996

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    High-temperature thermoelectric properties of (Zn1-xAlx)O. / Ohtaki, Michitaka; Tsubota, Toshiki; Eguchi, Koichi; Arai, Hiromichi.

    In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 79, No. 3, 01.02.1996, p. 1816-1818.

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    Ohtaki, Michitaka ; Tsubota, Toshiki ; Eguchi, Koichi ; Arai, Hiromichi. / High-temperature thermoelectric properties of (Zn1-xAlx)O. In: Journal of Applied Physics. 1996 ; Vol. 79, No. 3. pp. 1816-1818.
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